Personal Update + Quick Gift Card Holder

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Hello!! I know that I have stepped away for a bit (really, was it a WHOLE week?!). Please excuse my absence…I started by painting my daughter’s room and making it look all pretty then it took a turn. Oh yeah, my hubby is really happy with me right now. That little transformation led to buying a new rug and curtains for the living room. Those pretty pieces led to me painting the living room and hallway to match the new rug and curtains. THEN, I really needed to paint the bathroom because it was too dark in there! (*don’t know how I feel about that color that I just painted it though…living with it for a bit to see if I can stand it!) This morning I bought a few new towels to perk up the bathroom. My last TO-DO project before having everyone over on Sunday is to paint what used to be a vanity (we just took the mirror off) and we are turning it into a desk. I ran to a couple of thrift shops yesterday (because YES, I am running out of money RE-decorating my house) and found a chair (which I am going to paint to match the new “desk”) and a lamp for the new “desk”. The last thing I need to go buy are new handles for the drawers and then I am finished.

Do you ever go through periods like this? Wow, it’s been a while since I bought anything new for the home and it kind of spiraled into a shopping spree and a LOT of work. However, I am *loving* how most is turning out. This is everything but, the bathroom…hopefully it will grow on me because painting a bathroom is NOT fun…so much to trim around.

Ok, onto the quick (and I mean quick) project today. I am running out of time and YES the kiddos will be home with me tomorrow…YAY! I needed some quick gift card holders for my nieces for Easter. They are just getting too big for coloring books and bubbles. 🙁 So, this little pouch will be perfect for me to slip a g.c. into plus maybe even a candy bar!

If you have questions please let me know. I have to get off here and get to painting that new desk.  Have a great day! 🙂

Here are the supplies that I used to put these together:


Merry Monday #10 is here! Super Cute Gift Card Holder!!

Merry Monday (on Tuesday)!  Sorry for the late posting of the Merry Monday video, it did manage to load on YouTube EARLY this morning!  I just didn’t know what to do a video on.  Lol.  I tried to come up with something on Sunday and nothing was turning out the way that I wanted it to.  I *love* today’s project though.  Simple yet elegant.

Here is your supply list:

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I hope that you enjoyed today’s project!

Let me know if you have any questions!  You can always leave a comment below (I *love* comments!).


Snowman Gift Card Holder with Popcorn!

Hi there!!  Today I am showing you another craft show item that I have created.  I remember seeing this project a few years ago.  I didn’t go looking for it this year I just went with my memory and I like my results.  Kudos to the original creator!

This little cutie started out as a Jiffy Pop Popcorn (see picture below…do you remember these??).  We had these as kids and I remember thinking how neat it was to “pop” our popcorn on the stove!  Who wouldn’t like to receive this little guy with a BONUS gift card “popped” onto the back (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun).  🙂

I won’t get into too many details.  I have to go get some things finished for my son’s Halloween Party that I am in charge of for TOMORROW.  Eeek.  Time is flying!
Basic Directions:
  • I traced the circle (the popcorn container) onto Whisper White cardstock however, when went to cut, I cut inside my line because it has to fit inside the black container.
  • I used Basic Black to create his hat in two pieces (one for the brim and one for the top).
  • I punched Basic Black circles to create his eyes and mouth.
  • I cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock into a triangle for his nose.  I sponged around that piece with Pumpkin Pie ink.
  • Using Real Red cardstock I punched a few berries and sponged Real Red ink around them.
  • I punched two large ovals out of Old Olive cardstock and then used a circle punch to create the holly.  I sponged Old Olive ink around the holly for some dimension.
  • Lastly, I created a little pouch for a gift card out of Real Red cardstock.
Once I finished all five of the Snowman Gift Card Holder I realized that maybe placing the gift card on the “butt” of the gift might not have been the brightest thing to do.  Remember, if your recipient is actually planning on making their popcorn they HAVE TO REMOVE THE PAPER!!  Ooops.  It’s super cute though, right?!  Right?  Please tell me that it’s cute.  🙂
You might think about creating a different little pouch that you could TIE onto the handle if you try this one at home.  Just thought I would share!
Have a great day everyone!!  Thank you so much for coming by today!
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Products that I used to create my Snowman Gift Card Holder:
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad*

Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad*


Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad*

Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad*